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Jermain's goal

Posted on 29 April 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe is preparing for his 400th career game admitting: "I feel sharp as ever."

Jermain's goal

Jermain Defoe is preparing for his 400th career game admitting: "I feel sharp as ever."

The livewire striker has racked up 399 senior appearances in all competitions since making his debut for West Ham back in September, 2000.

He's bagged 169 goals in that time as well - including a season's best 24 goals in all competitions as we fight for fourth place in the Premier League.

JD will notch up 400 if he appears in Saturday's clash against Bolton at the Lane.

"This season has been brilliant," said the England hitman. "It always helps when you are playing with good players and the squad here now is unbelievable.

"That means we'll always get chances in games and it's up to the forwards to score.

"I worked hard pre-season and have continued that throughout the season. I feel strong and sharp as ever. I feel good."

It's no surprise that JD scored on his debut almost 11 years ago and he's bagged a famous five-goal haul and two hat-tricks in a prolific 2009-10.

"I've always worked on my finishing and that was the case even before I became a professional," he said.

"I always speak to Les (Ferdinand) and Clive (Allen), coaches here who have been there and done it, scored goals at the highest level. I watch videos of goalscorers.

"I love scoring goals. I'm 27 now and people say when you are 27, 28, 29 you play your best football - so hopefully there will be plenty more to come."

For the record, JD's present tally of 399 games comprises 105 matches for West Ham, 31 while on loan to AFC Bournemouth during 2000-01, 36 for Portsmouth plus 227 during his two spells with us.

He has scored 126 goals in 331 League appearances plus 43 in 68 cup games.